Supreme Court rules for passenger rights

Passengers have rights too.  That’s what the Supreme Court said yesterday in a ruling that gives car passengers a constitutional right to challenge the legality of police decisions to stop vehicles they’re riding in.  Bruce Bendlin was convicted in 2001 in Yuba City, California of drug possession after a sheriff’s deputy stopped a car in which he was a passenger.

8-year-old threatens other children with gun at Indy park

An eight-year-old Indianapolis boy was arrested yesterday after police say he threatened other children with a gun at a playground on the city’s Northwest side. Authorities say he was waving a .38-caliber revolver in the air and was making threats of shooting children on the playground about 4 p.m. Monday.  No on was injured in the incident and the gun was safely retrieved from the boy by an adult neighbor before police arrived.

Unemployment rates down across state, locally

Indiana’s unemployment rate hit its lowest point for the first time in six years in May.  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state’s rate of 4.5 percent was a drop from 4.8 percent in April.  The agency says the last time unemployment was this low was in September of 2001. The unemployment rate in Delaware County is also going down.  The local rates dropped from 5.4 percent in April to 5.1 percent in May.  Information released by the Indiana Workforce Development indicate the May numbers are down almost one percent from last year.

Ex-'Cosby Show' writer to challenge probation ruling

Former television comedy writer J.J. Paulsen is challenging his probation for domestic battery.  The ex-Cosby Show writer is facing a possible 361-day jail term due to crimes he committed constituting a violation of his probation terms as a wife beater.  Paulsen was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife and abandonment of his child earlier this year.

Plans announced for transmission plant in Tipton

Officials from Chrysler, Getrag and the UAW will joined Governor Daniels to announce plans for a new joint venture transmission plant in Tipton earlier today. Logan Jordan of the Purdue School of Management says the facility could create almost 12-hundred jobs. Inside Indiana Business reported the companies will spend 455-million dollars in the plant to produce dual-clutch transmissions for Chrysler.

IMPD hopes program prevents gang activity

Stopping gang activity before it starts.  That’s what the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are trying to do with the Gang Resistance Education and Training program or “GREAT PROGRAM.” Sergeant James Todd says the program started in 1998 and about five-thousand elementary and middle school students have participated in the program in Marion County.

Federal court says officers didn't violate civil rights

Two Portland police officers didn’t violate the civil rights of a man who died as the result of a high-speed chase.  That was the decision handed down by a federal appeals court last week.  20-year-old Brandon Hilbert died on July 18, 2003 when officer Robert Myers tried to pull Hilbert over in downtown Portland.  Hilbert then led two officers on a chase on Indiana 26 that ended on a curve near Jay County Road 800 East.